Donor Stories

John and Kathie Connelly

John and Kathie ConnellyIn an act of extraordinary generosity, John and Kathie Connelly named the Carroll County Community Foundation as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy that funds significant scholarships for graduates of Delphi Community High School. At the age of 65, John passed away in 2009 and the John and Kathie Connelly Scholarship was made available to Delphi graduates.

John taught and coached at Delphi High School, where the gracious residents of Carroll County backed him in his desire to become a trader – something he would accomplish in his career as a commodities trader in Chicago. Adding to his appreciation of Carroll County, John’s great-grandfather helped settle the county. For these reasons, he and his wife Kathie (his childhood sweetheart from junior high) decided to give back to the community.

John and Kathie Connelly are classic examples of how community foundations can help people leave their legacy. Their feelings of gratitude for the county that helped them attain their dreams led them to create an estate plan suggested by their financial planner. This plan not only takes care of their family, but also leaves a legacy to future generations of college-bound students.

Thank you to the Connelly’s for their kindness and the example that they have set in this community.

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